Employment Retaliation Attorney San Diego

Fighting for Employees Against Abusive Workplaces

Waltman Employment Law: Your go-to employee retaliation lawyer for tailored advocacy and steadfast dedication against workplace injustices.

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Sadly, some employers stoop to retaliatory measures against employees who dare to report workplace issues like harassment or discrimination. These tactics can involve demotion, termination, or threats, intensifying the problematic situation.

Thankfully, California has robust employee protections to prevent any adverse employment actions that violate employee rights, including workplace retaliation for exercising those rights. As an employee, seeking legal representation to safeguard your rights and pursue justice is crucial. An employment retaliation attorney in San Diego can offer the necessary support and guidance to navigate this intricate area of California law.

At Waltman Employment Law, we possess extensive knowledge of California’s employment retaliation laws. We are committed to safeguarding your rights and protecting employees from unfair and predatory workplaces.

If you need assistance with employment discrimination or a workers’ compensation claim, call us. Call today to schedule a free consultation.

Meet Rick Waltman

Attorney Rick Waltman has a wealth of experience in corporate defense at renowned national law firms. However, driven by a deep sense of justice and purpose, he redirected his focus and skills toward advocating for employees whose rights have been infringed upon. 

Rick graduated cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was recognized as an “Outstanding Public Interest Advocate.” His unwavering compassion and dedication continue to guide his legal practice by fighting for employee rights. This commitment led to the establishment of Waltman Employment Law, where he represented employees seeking justice and fairness.

Rick’s exceptional ability to navigate complex legal situations has earned him well-deserved acclaim. Super Lawyers honored him as a “Rising Star” in 2018, 2019, 2022, and 2023, a testament to his outstanding skills. Moreover, he stands as one of the top 2.5% of attorneys in San Diego, solidifying his reputation as a highly accomplished professional. 

Alongside his legal advocacy, Rick is a passionate baseball enthusiast with a special place in his heart for the San Diego Padres, his favorite team.

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Why Choose Waltman Employment Law?

Attorney Rick Waltman is a tireless advocate for employee rights. Attorney Waltman’s passion for fighting for employees’ rights is backed by an impressive track record of success. With years of legal experience and recognition as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, Waltman Employment Law is your trusted partner in the fight for justice.

At Waltman Employment Law, we take a personalized approach to each case, offering meticulous legal services tailored to your situation. We understand that every case is unique, and we put in the necessary effort to fully grasp your situation and goals before developing a customized strategy to achieve your desired outcome. With Waltman Employment Law, you can count on dedicated and compassionate support from start to finish.

Experience: Rick Waltman’s experience defending companies gives him unique insights into their strategies.

Tailored Strategies: We understand that each case is unique, which is why we offer personalized legal strategies.

Compassion and Dedication: We’re not just about winning cases but about supporting our clients emotionally throughout the process.

Transparency: With open lines of communication, we keep you updated at every stage.

Awards and Recognition: Our firm is proud to be among the 2.5% of San Diego lawyers featured on the Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” list.

Our Primary Practice Areas

At Waltman Employment Law, we are dedicated to protecting employees’ rights in various workplace situations, including:

Wrongful Termination

Did you lose your job unfairly, possibly due to discriminatory reasons? We can help you address this injustice.

If you have suffered a wrongful termination, Waltman Employment Law is here to support you. We can guide you through a wrongful termination lawsuit or employment discrimination action. We have a proven track record of successfully litigating these intricate cases and will leverage our experience to advocate for the justice and compensation you rightly deserve.

Retaliation Claims and Medical Leave Rights

Afraid to speak out after taking medical leave or seeking accommodations? We’re your advocates.

Employers occasionally retaliate against employees who take medical or family leave, an outright violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). If you have experienced such adverse employment action or employer retaliation, our San Diego retaliation attorney offers the vital legal assistance you need to ensure your employer is held accountable.

Pregnancy and Maternity Leave Discrimination

Facing discrimination due to pregnancy or maternity leave is unlawful and unacceptable. Let us stand with you.

State and federal laws protect pregnancy and maternity leave, ensuring employees receive their rightful entitlements. Any employer who unlawfully denies maternity leave or discriminates against pregnant employees may face serious legal consequences. We understand California employment law and are dedicated to providing the support you need to protect your rights and seek justice.


Don’t let harassment slide. Let us help you reclaim your peace of mind.

Workplace harassment takes many forms, from sexual harassment to verbal assault. Not only is harassment a violation of employees’ rights, but no one should have to tolerate such behavior. At Waltman Employment Law, we protect you from these unlawful actions, prove retaliation, and ensure your employer is accountable for their behavior.


Employers are responsible for ensuring fair compensation for employees’ working hours, even for overtime. If you ever find yourself in a situation where your employer failed to adequately pay you due to misclassification, unauthorized deductions, or failure to abide by California regulations, Waltman Employment Law is here for you. We can help you pursue lost wages and the compensation you deserve under California labor laws.


In California, employees have the right to various breaks, like meal breaks and rest periods. Sadly, some employers unlawfully deny or fail to provide these breaks. If you ever find yourself in this situation, Waltman Employment Law provides the legal support and representation you need to hold your employer accountable.

Wage and Hour Disputes

If you’ve worked for it, you deserve to get paid. We ensure you get what you’re owed.

Workplace disputes about wages and hours are, unfortunately, quite common. If you have been unfairly paid or denied your rightful earnings, Waltman Employment Law can help. Our workplace retaliation attorney will navigate the complexities of the legal landscape to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

Class Actions and Other Representative Actions

There’s strength in numbers when fighting injustice. We handle class actions proficiently.

Sometimes, employees may need to come together and assert their rights collectively, like through class or representative actions. These efforts can be complex and require the knowledge of experienced legal professionals. That is precisely why Waltman Employment Law is here to provide the crucial support and guidance needed in such situations.

Workplace Discrimination

Employee discrimination has no place in the workplace. We’ll help you fight back.

Workplace discrimination affects many people in different industries. This discrimination typically includes unfair treatment or bias based on things like age, race, gender, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. At Waltman Employment Law, we fight against workplace discrimination and advocate for justice for our clients.


Exceptional Employment Law Attorney I recently had the privilege of working with Rick Waltman as my employment law attorney. I couldn't be more impressed with his dedication, expertise and commitment to my rights. From start to finish, his professionalism and genuine concern for my case made an incredible impact on my experience. I felt confident and safe knowing that my case was in his hands...

Anne C.

5 star rating

I had the privilege of working with "Dr Rick", and I couldn't be more satisfied with the outcome of my case. From the moment he took my case, he demonstrated a deep understanding of employment law and its complexities, providing invaluable guidance and support throughout the entire process. His professionalism, expertise, and attention to detail were unmatched...

Tom L.

5 star rating

I really recommend Rick, he helped me so much with my case and kept me updated throughout the process until everything was taken care of. He took the time to fully understand my case and was able to get me a settlement. Rick was always eager to help when I called and was very professional.

Michael S.

5 star rating

When you don't know where to start call Rick Waltman. He has a willingness to listen, knowledge of the law, and is very compassionate. He has good judgment and will make you feel at ease, if that is even possible when dealing with litigation. Thank you for all you have helped me through.

Amanda F.

5 star rating

I worked with Rick to help with C-level employment contract reviews. He had a wealth of information, particularly with regards to California law. It gave me a high level of confidence in my decision-making. This, as someone else also indicated, was not a large payoff, and one which several others I'd come across first turned down, but fortunately for me, one was kind enough to pass along Rick's information...

Kevin B.

5 star rating

My case was rather "small", meaning NOT a huge payoff for me or the attorney. After other law firms blew me off, Rick took my case, did his job, and got me the money! His communication is timely, clear, and professional. He had my back and I had confidence in him. I highly recommend his services, because he got me THE MONEY!!

Lane K.

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Ready to Take Action?
Contact Waltman Employment Law

Workplace discrimination is a serious issue that can significantly impact your professional and personal life. At Waltman Employment Law, we’ve got your back. By choosing us, you will get more than just legal help; you will have a dedicated and experienced San Diego retaliation lawyer ready to fight for you.

We are not just a trusted ally but also have extensive employment law experience, knowledge of California whistleblower laws, the California labor code, and federal laws necessary to build your case. With our solid reputation, consistent recognition, and strong dedication to protecting employees’ rights, we are an excellent choice for employment law matters.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and start your journey towards safeguarding your employee rights and seeking justice.